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Egypt summons Myanmar envoy over Muslim violence

Foreign Ministry calls on Myanmar to end bloody attacks on persecuted Rohingya minority and bring perpetrators to justice

AFP, Monday 5 Nov 2012
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Egypt summoned Myanmar's ambassador in Cairo to express its concern with violence against the southeast Asian country's Muslim minority and call for a stop to it, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday.

"The foreign ministry yesterday summoned the ambassador of Myanmar and conveyed an urgent message expressing Egypt's dismay after renewed violence against Rohingya Muslims," it said.

It called on Myanmar to take steps to immediately end the violence and bring its perpetrators to justice.

Egypt summoned the ambassador in August to protest against ethnic clashes between the majority Buddhists and Muslims that began in June.

The Rohingya Muslims are considered by many Burmese as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

The United Nations considers them one of the world's most persecuted minorities.

The clashes in June, followed by fresh fighting in October, have killed 180 people and displaced an estimated 110,000.

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